SLArts Challenge Program
The SLArts Challenge gives our students opportunities to explore the world in deeper, more complex ways, through a variety of subjects. The SLArts Challenge will ask students to make personal commitments to extend their learning, to hone their critical thinking skills, develop planning and goal-setting skills and to learn to “show what they know” in new ways. The SLArts Challenge highlights two educational hallmarks of Salt Lake Arts Academy -- cross-curricular integration and our unique assessment rubric. (To learn more about SLArts Assessment Rubric, look at "Grading and Assessment" in this section.)
The SLArts Challenge is similar to an “honors” program in that it invites our students who crave more academic rigor to really stretch their wings and “dig in” deeper to a subject or subjects. In each of our classrooms, teachers are designing curriculum that allows students to add depth and complexity to their work as they become more proficient in each subject. Students receiving scores of 4.5 or higher in Proficiency, CAB and PEPR in a class will be granted an "Honors" designation for that term on their Report Card.
The SLArts Challenge is different from a traditional “honors” program in that it is open to any student willing to put in the time and effort required to complete a SLArts Challenge Project or Personal Challenge Project. In a SLArts Challenge Projects students will pose a "central question" about a topic of their choosing, guided by their teacher mentor. Then, the student will do extensive research, prepare a presentation to answer their question, and present their findings to the community at a SLArts Challenge Expo Night. Each SLArts Challenge Project will encompass at least two subjects and will have an arts component to it as well. Personal Challenge Projects include a community service component.
Students taking on a the SLArts Challenge Project will be guided and mentored by our faculty. Becca Travis and Karin Fenn are overseeing the design and implementation of the program.
SLArts Challenge Projects and Personal Challenge Projects will be presented to the Community at the SLArts Challenge Expo Night in January 2017.